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Springboard Course Funding FAQs 2022 | GBS

Posted 19 January

At Galway Business School we provide a selection of comprehensive Springboard courses online. These include:

How is our Springboard training course funded? What is the cost of Springboard courses? Are Springboard courses free?

To find out all you need to know about Springboard courses online, the methods of funding and the Springboard opportunities available to you, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions so you can plan your next steps.

You can also check the official Springboard course guidance pages if you need more information on the courses we offer, what the Springboard Ireland scheme is, and if you are eligible to apply or qualify for the Springboard programme.

On this page: Springboard+ Programme funding

See also:

Springboard+ Programme Eligibility FAQS

How to choose which Springboard course is right for you - FAQs

Springboard course applications - FAQs

How the Springboard programme is delivered - FAQs

Which Springboard+ programmes are fully funded for everyone?

All Level 6 certificates and modules are FREE under the Springboard courses 2022 initiative.

At Galway Business School, the following Level 6 programmes are available to you at no cost, subject to you being eligible (see Springboard+ Programme Eligibility FAQS).

Level 6 certificates which are fully funded:

Certificate in Sales and Marketing

Certificate in Business Communications

Which Springboard+ programmes do you have to contribute towards?

If you are DEASP customer or Returner, all courses are completely free.

There is a 10% course fee contribution if you are employed, but this 10% fee is only payable for level 7, 8 and 9 courses. You pay this additional fee directly to Galway Business School as part of the application process (see Springboard course applications).

You usually have to pay your own travel costs however the courses offered by Galway Business School are all online providing a further saving.

Here are the level 7 and level 8 certificates which are being offered by Galway Business School: 

Human Resource Management (Level 7)

You can read further details about Springboard+ programme eligibility, particularly to do with nationality and residency status here: https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

How much do I have to pay?

The most you will have to pay is 10% of the total cost of the Springboard+ programme. That means that even for the most expensive programme, the maximum contribution you’ll be asked to make is €72.50, and remember, that is only if you’re employed.


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Will my Springboard+ programme still be fully funded if I was unemployed or a returner, and I get a job during the course?

It’s great news if you find work during your course. As long as you fulfilled the eligibility criteria at the start of the course, you will be able to continue studying until you’ve finished. Since our Springboard courses are delivered online, we hope it will make it even easier for you to keep studying with us, even if you find work. (See Studying your Springboard course online).


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If you have any different questions, or you’re uncertain in any way, please do get in touch with us. We’re happy to help you. Below you’ll find more FAQs that might answer your questions:

Jump to our other Springboard course FAQs

Springboard+ Programme Eligibility FAQS

How to choose which Springboard course is right for you - FAQs

Springboard course applications - FAQs

How the Springboard programme is delivered- FAQs

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